Love photography? Why don’t you join me at the Library of Congress on Saturday July 28 from 9:00-11:00am for a Flickr Meetup in the public spaces of the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building. You are invited on a photographic scavenger hunt to locate several special spots among the elaborate architecture and artwork within the historic floors, ceilings and walls of the building, guided by photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive at the Library: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=Library+of+Congress...
Then, try your own photographic eye on this palace of knowledge! Staff from the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, so take this opportunity to pick their brains! I’m a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress working on my thesis which looks at how Flickr Commons supports community engagement and the effect this has on the development of photographic collections: http://blog.flickr.net/en/2012/05/23/curate-the-commons/. This Flickr Meetup is the first in a series of exciting activities I will be organizing for Flickr users throughout the summer in partnership with staff from the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library. I thought it would be a great opportunity to find out how you photograph the Library buildings compared to the ways in which it has been documented in the collections. What are your eyes drawn to and why? On completion, you are invited to upload your photographs from the meetup to Flickr, tagged with LOCmeetup2012. The Library’s Flickr team is planning to create galleries of your photographs on the Library’s Flickr Commons account to share with the rest of the Flickr community: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/
I’ll be in the first floor foyer of the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building from 9:00-11am on Saturday 28 July, along with staff from the Prints and Photographs Division to answer any questions you might have. For security, cameras and other belongings have to be scanned when you enter the building so please take this into consideration before arriving. Tripods are not allowed, but we’re sure that won’t pose a problem. If all else fails, you can always use your camera’s automatic settings!
Further information about the Library of Congress and directions to the Thomas Jefferson Building can be found here: http://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/
Further information about the Meetup can be found on the Library’s blog at http://blogs.loc.gov/picturethis/ The event is free and open to all so I look forward to seeing you there!